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The Thompson Okanagan region is the same size as Ireland
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Wells Gray Provincial Park is the fourth largest provincial park in BC
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At 3,954 metres, Mount Robson is the tallest peak in the Canadian Rockies
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Murtle Lake is the largest ‘non-motorized’ lake in North America
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Nk’Mip Cellars is North America’s first aboriginal-owned and operated winery
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Capital city of BC is Victoria
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The 50 hectare BC Wildlife Park in Kamloops has over 65 species of wildlife
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Tourism generates $1.73 billion per year for the Thompson Okanagan economy
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The 600-acre wildlife sanctuary of Cranberry Marsh hosts over 90 species of birds
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Helmcken Falls is taller than Niagara Falls and plunges 141 metres down a narrow canyon
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Greenwood is Canada’s smallest city
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Shuswap Lake encompasses over 1,000km of shoreline
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Wells Gray Provincial Park is the largest provincial park in the Thompson Okanagan region
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Mount Robson was established in 1913 as the second provincial park in BC
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BC is Canada's third most populated province, with 4,530,961 residents
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Osoyoos is home to Canada’s only desert eco-system
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In the Thompson Okanagan you can ski and golf in the same day at certain times of year!
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BC Parks celebrates its 100th Anniversary in 2011
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Mount Robson was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984
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Minister Notes First Major Tourism Industry Meeting With 15 Government Departments

March 14, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Bernier_meets_hoteliers_in_2011-FEATURE.jpgMaxime Bernier, Minister of State for Small Business & Tourism, right, joins Steve Gupta, President & CEO of Easton's Group of Hotels, left, and Tony Pollard, President of the Hotel Association of Canada, during the 2011 TIAC Tourism Congress. TIAC photo

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 Maxime Bernier, federal Minister of State for Small Business & Tourism, used his speech to the awards luncheon at the 20th annual Hotel Association of Canada Conference to note that for the first time ever, tourism industry representatives met recently with officials from the 15 federal government departments that have a role in tourism.

Bernier said this meeting, which was a commitment under the government's recently launched new Federal Tourism Strategy, is the beginning of more frequent collaboration between the tourism industry and government. He said this exchange of information will pave the way for the industry to play a more strategic role with government, leading to more effective initiatives in the future.

The minister also said efforts are being made to shorten the processing time for visas for foreign travellers, and he repeated the government's pledge to increase the number of Canadian visa application centres around the world to 150 from the current 60 within the next three years.

He praised the role of tourism in the country's economy. "Tourism drives growth and creates jobs in every region of Canada. Talented tourism entrepreneurs ... ensure that Canada is an all-season international destination worth exploring and is renowned for its world-class hospitality and warm welcome."

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